Factory-built, 550 Spyder-powered Porsche 356 C | Car Catcher

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Even though most Porsche 356 Cs left the assembly line with a 1.6-liter flat-four, a few rare examples left with a larger 2.0-liter, four-cam engine derived from the 550 Spyder.

Called the Carrera 2, these models–like this 1964 example–were good for around 130 horsepower and could propel the 356 to a top speed of 130 mph.

Only 101 examples are said to have been built, with this one notable for having the rare, factory-option power sunroof, plus previous ownership by privateer racing driver Chris Kerrison.

Find this 1964 Porsche 356 C Carrera 2 available through RM Sotheby’s as part of its upcoming London auction.

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wspohn SuperDork
10/9/21 5:13 p.m.

I raced against one at Portland  once.  I rarely have too much trouble with 356s (I race a fairly highly modified MGA Twin Cam) but in the case of this guy I was having to drive as hard as I did back in regular SCCA sty;e racing. Finished a short neck ahead of him and went over to take a look and saw the 4 cam engine when he opened the hatch.

Had to hand it to him, he was thrashing an engine worth c. $250K within an inch of its life.

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